Android is working on an experimental multi-window function for tablets and smartphones. The current multitasking feature is a favourable feature to users but multi-window is set to much better once Android officially launches it. So far there’s no announcement from Google but it was confirmed to be in the works last March.
Samsung has been wanting to do launch a similar feature for sometime now but has not fully perfected until Google started working on it via stock Android. Now we’ve seen evidence of the early plans and works of Google and this is definitely to look forward.
On the account of Android L, it’s safe to assume that the multi-window feature will come with an upcoming mobile platform. However, all we know is that Google has been experimenting but it may or may not arrive with the next Android OS.
The multi-window feature can open two apps at the same time. Users could swipe between recently opened apps and swipe them to the side of the display screen. One app will fracture the screen into half while the other app will continue to occupy the other half of the screen. The recent home screen side will work as usual and will allow user to swipe another app on the other side.
There is also a possibility of scaling two windows as desired by the user. With one window is scaled to 25% the width of the screen, it would then scale to phone layout if triggered by the user’s touch. The keyword “OK Google” can be used to open a search interface and overtake the unfocused screen. This includes text and images to be dragged between windows.
The multi-window feature could work on both vertical and portrait orientation on phones and tablets. Google is trying their best to make it perfect but the function still doesn’t work well. Even though we have no idea when Android will launch its multi-window feature but at least we know Google is working on it.
Source: Android Community